Den Haag HS – Rotterdam Centraal – Capelle Schollevaar

Rotterdam Centraal – Capelle Schollevaar
16 July 2017

New Delft sub-surface NS rail station
Taken from moving train with interesting mirror effects

Rotterdam Centraal Station
Bay platform


Track 16 Sprinter to Uitgeest via Capelle Schollevaar

Capelle Schollevaar
Suburban rail station and bus stop

Capelle aan de IJssel Gurdwara
16 July 2017

More mirror effects !

Singh Sabha (Zuid) Holland
Stationsplein 20
2907 MJ Capelle a/d IJssel

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Den Haag Tourist Tram, Den Haag HS – Rotterdam Centraal – Capelle Schollevaar

Tourist Tram
15 July 2017

De Heemstraat – Tourist Tram

De Heemstraat – Tourist Tram

De Heemstraat – Tourist Tram

De Heemstraat – Tourist Tram

Den Haag HS – Rotterdam Centraal – Capelle Schollevaar
16 July 2017

Den Haag Holland Spoor
Sprinter to Dordrecht

Den Haag Holland Spoor
Intercity  to Eindhoven

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From Haarlem to Den Haag

Haarlem NS Station
15 July 2017

Bayplatforms

Doubledecker to Zandvoort aan Zee

Sprinter to Leiden Centraal

Intercity to Vlissingen
Ends at Rotterdam due to works

NS Sprinter EMU

17.20 Intercity to take me to Den Haag HS

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From Den Haag Centraal to Haarlem and back

Den Haag Centraal
Going to Haarlem
15 July 2017

RandstadRail TramTrain 

NS Doubledecker and RandstadRail TramTrain

Haarlem and Haarlem NS Station
15 July 2017

Meester Cornelisstraat, near Santpoortplein
My friends from my student days celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary

NS Station Haarlem – Kruisweg

NS Station Haarlem

NS Station Haarlem
Bay platforms

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Den Haag: Den Haag Centraal

Den Haag Centraal
High level tram stops
15 July 2017

Tram 6 to Leidschendam Noord

RandstadRail TramTrain

TramTrain to Leideschendam / Leidsenhage

Den Haag Centraal
Going to Haarlem
15 July 2017

NS Doubledecker – Not my train

NS Sprinter – Also not my train

RandstadRail TramTrain

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ANI – Barcelona terror attack: Sikh Gurdwaras in Barcelona lend helping hand

Barcelona-Catalunya-Spain, 18 August 2017. Sikh Gurdwaras in Barcelona are lending helping hand at the time of crisis after at least 13 persons have been killed and more than 50 injured in a terrorist attack in Las Ramblas district.

A Sikh man, Harjinder Singh Kukreja from Punjab took to Twitter to inform people that Gurdwaras in Barcelona are offering help to those who are in need.

“If anyone needs shelter, food, Sikh houses of worship in the Spanish city are open for all,” Kukreja tweeted.

In his tweet, Kukreja has posted information of two Gurdwaras in Barcelona: Gurdwara Nanaksar Sahib located at 08903, Carrer Rafael Campalans, 23, 08903 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat and can be contacted at +34 666 11 25 45, while Sikh Gurudwara Gurdarshan Sahib Ji located at Carrer de l’Hospital and can be reached at +34 934 43 88 82.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed that there is no report of any Indian casualty in the attack. Indians, who are in an emergency, can contact the Indian embassy in Spain at +34-608769335.

“I am in constant touch with Indian Embassy in Spain. As of now, there is no report of an Indian casualty,” Swaraj tweeted.

Police in Barcelona have asked people around that region to stay indoors. They have urged those concerned about friends and family to use social media, rather than cellphone calls to avoid overloading phone networks.

Facebook also activated its safety check mechanism, allowing users near #Barcelona attack to mark themselves as safe.

http://www.aninews.in/newsdetail-NA/MzMwMjQw/barcelona-terror-attack-sikh-039-gurdwaras-039-in-barcelona-lend-helping-hand.html

Den Haag: Rijswijkseplein – Stationsplein – Den Haag Centraal

Rijswijkseplein
14 July 2017

Tram stop line 12 and 17

Tram 12 to Duindorp, Tram 17 to Wateringen

Tram 17 to Wateringen

Zieken – Tram tracks to/from Spui 

Stationsplein
14 July 2017

Den Haag HS – New tracks for Tram 11 and 12

Den Haag Centraal
High level tram stops
15 July 2017

Tram 6 to Leidschendam Noord

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Den Haag: Centraal Station – Weteringplein – Rijswijkseplein

Centraal Station
14 July 2017

Tram 12 to Den Haag Centrum

NS Train – HTM tracks

Weteringplein
14 July 2017

Tram 12 to Duindorp, Tram 17 to Wateringen

Tram 12 to Duindorp, Tram 17 to Wateringen

Rijswijkseplein
14 July 2017

Tram 12 to Duindorp

Tram 17 to Den Haag Centrum

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Den Haag: Kalvermarkt – Centraal Station

Kalvermarkt
14 July 2017

Tram 9 to Scheveningen Noorderstrand

Tram 12 to Duindorp

Centraal Station
14 July 2017

Trams serving high level platforms
Tram 2 and 6
RandstadRail 3 and 4

Tram 17 to Den Haag Centrum

Tram 17

Tram 12 to Den Haag Centrum

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The Black Prince

The Black Prince

Posted to Facebook by Amandeep Singh Madra

22 July 2017

The Black Prince is pure entertainment, I get that, and I am sure that it does entertain brilliantly. But film does have a massive influence over perceptions of historical figures. This film, and many other fan-boy biographies have cast Duleep Singh as a tragic hero, a Punjabi nationalist, a good family man and (absurdly) even a proto-anti-imperialist.

In reality Duleep Singh was like every other Indian royal of his generation; spoiled, disconnected from people, deeply self obsessed, grotesquly self-indulgent and politically naive in the face of Imperial Britain.

Here, with his wife and six children, he is the complete family man. However, in reality, very shortly after the event depicted in this scene Duleep Singh completely abandoned his family in London without any means to maintain them. He moved into Parisian apartment with one of his ongoing mistresses.

His family, now penniless, was reduced to begging for money from the government. His wife (Bamba) who was completely unsupported turned to alcohol for relief, old friends took in the now confused children, while Bamba, neglected, humiliated and totally abandoned by everyone around her drank herself to an early death within a year.

Duleep Singh the family man ?

Any reading of his letters betrays his total obsession on the return of his wealth as opposed to some kind of desire for a return of Punjabi rule. He bankrupted himself in England and only at that point turned to an agenda for the return of his wealth and property. Duleep Singh the frustrated King ?

His return to the Sikh faith was short-lived and undoubtedly purely political. He was used by the deeply political Sandhanwalias who had lost their position of nobility and influence with the end of Sikh Raj (remember these were the same cousins who treacherously murdered Duleep Singh’s brother Sher Singh and his son).

His Khalsa initiation in Aden was part of his hopelessly naive attempt to return to India. When he returned to Paris he clearly abandoned his very brief interest in being Sikh; he cut his hair, drank and never wrote a word about his faith. He died leaving a will that quite clearly demanded to be buried. Duleep Singh the Sikh ?

If there is a golden thread that runs through his life, it is that he was used by those around him; by his mother for her own legitimacy, by his cousins as a rallying point for their political ambition, by the British as a fig-leaf for their humanity, by evangelicals to Christianise India, by Queen Victoria to humanise imperialism, by British nobility as an Indian bauble, by his cousins to regain their status, by Fenians and Russians to poke Britain in the eye.

Even after his death his rotting body, buried (as was his wish) is being used by a Sikh ‘heritage’ group for a grand political tamasha by retuning his decomposed body to Amritsar for cremation. He continues to be used even in death.

The real Duleep Singh is much more interesting than the very simplistic, anodyne character depicted in art.

The one very serious objection I have of this film is the choice to cast Bamba using a white actress while the real Bamba was mixed race. Duleep Singh met Bamba when she was 15 years old, she was the illegitimate child of a German and one of his Somali/Eritrean servants.

Bamba was dark skinned, half-caucasian half-Somali, and the film makers have very deliberately chosen a white actress because they couldn’t stomach their hero being seen to marry a dark skinned half-African.

Depicting Duleep Singh as a political hero is an artistic decision, casting Bamba as white underlines Indian racism towards Africans, and I think is completely inexcusable.

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